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No HIV Anxiety Cap

The New York Court of Appeals has rejected a rule that the state's intermediate appeals courts used for more than a decade to limit emotional distress damages claimed for possible HIV infection resulting from the negligence of others. Comment

Sweet Exorcist

It took a little while, but Charles Burnett is finally enjoying a crossover moment of sorts. With accolades strewn like rose petals before last year's release of Burnett's debut feature "Killer of Sheep" (1977), in its first theatrical run 30 years after completion, the African-American filmmaker, now in his early 60s, seems at last poised to gain an audience equal to his critical esteem and artistic caliber. Comment

New Staph Strain Not Seen in NYC

A strain of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) which has spread among gay men in San Francisco and Boston, and was described in a January study, has not been seen in New York City, but a city health department epidemiologist said it will likely be found here. Comment

A Hopeful Precedent

With an appellate court ruling in hand, gay and lesbian couples statewide legally married in other jurisdictions can have their unions recognized by New York State - that is so long as another appellate court or the state's highest, the Court of Appeals, does not come to a different conclusion. Comment

New Staph Strain Not Seen in NYC

A strain of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) which has spread among gay men in San Francisco and Boston, and was described in a January study, has not been seen in New York City, but a city health department epidemiologist said it will likely be found here. Comments (1)

NY Appeals Court Recognizes Canadian Marriage

In a straightforward ruling of great potential significance, a unanimous five-judge panel of the New York Appellate Division, 4th Department, an intermediate-level court with jurisdiction over appeals from the westernmost counties of the state, ruled on February 1 that a lesbian couple who married in Canada in 2004 were entitled to legal recognition of that marriage by Rochester's Monroe Community College (MCC). Comment

Wild Rides

As pure, bubbly entertainment, the classic Hitchcock thriller "The 39 Steps" has been whipped into a perfect froth in a new stage production. Thanks to theatrical ingenuity, clever design, compelling staging, a knock-out cast, and relative brevity, this London import now at Roundabout knows how to tickle an audience and when to pack it up and go home. Comment

A Theater Life

Edward Albee, the playwright who has won three Pulitzers and three Tonys, appeared before a sold-out crowd at the New York Times' new headquarters last month in one of a series of lively panel discussions held during the newspaper's Arts and Leisure Week. Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell OPINION

A Reluctant Patriot in the Identity Wars

In the American left, it's a deeply held notion that for minorities the only road to equality is identity politics, all that organizing around skin-deep similarities and differences, and the superficial qualities of gender or race waved like flags because there's no denying they have an often vicious impact. Comment

The Race From Here

Super Tuesday provided significant cause for optimism to any American eager to decisively turn the page on the seven unfortunate years this country has endured under George W. Bush's presidency. Comment
Susie Day

Our Blob in the White House

|In a move that may indicate some internal disarray within the GOP, Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, called a press conference today to announce a new candidate in the Republican Party's lineup of presidential contenders. Comment

Who Needs Staged Opera?

No one can accuse Lorin Maazel of lassitude. Having returned to the Met after 45 years in early January for "Die Walkuere," the fit 77-year-old conductor also offered a testing and generally successful Berlioz/Profokiev program at his home base, the Philharmonic. The featured vocal work was Hector Berlioz's "La mort de Cleopatre" - a piece associated in older Phil-goers' ears and hearts with Jennie Tourel and Leonard Bernstein, who premiered it for the orchestra in 1961 with high drama captured by the subsequent taping. Comment

The Fringe

Though it may be considered blasphemous to review a New York performance by a Boston group amidst the Super Bowl showdown between the Giants and the Patriots, jazz has never been so proscribed by geography. The Fringe are popular in New York; they represent a longstanding tradition of jazz musicians studying at Beantown's Berklee School of Music or New England Conservatory and then moving to the Big Apple to make their mark. A New York gig by the Fringe is like your favorite uncle coming to visit. Comment
New York State

Trans Activists Soldier On

On Super Tuesday, as voters in Deborah Glick's 66th district made their way to the polling place on Bank Street where the out lesbian Democratic assemblywoman casts her ballot, gender rights activists were on hand outside, clipboards at the ready, asking them to sign letters to the four-member LGB caucus in the State Assembly. The letters request their "active support" in bringing the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) to a vote this year. Comment

Intimate Visual Poetry

Collage and assemblage date back to the early 20th century, when the avant-garde developed a new visual language incorporating ephemera from daily living - a train ticket here, a bit of newspaper there, brown wrapping paper, string, and the like - into innovative compositions. Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso explored and developed collage as fine art, a radical departure from the established traditions of painting and drawing. Comment
Guest Perspective

Hillary Offers Ideas and Solutions  

It seems like a dream moment in American politics. We appear poised to make history by electing a woman, or an African-American man, to run the world's most powerful nation. But, in this dream, there is a distracting battle over identity politics, and who is most clever in using them to obliterate their opponent. Comment

Russian Passions

Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theater of Perm, Russia celebrated its 135th anniversary with a US tour that included stops at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Carnegie Hall. Perm, a large industrial city, is situated in northern Russia at the foot of the Urals by the Kama River. The respected ballet troupe has toured internationally but this was the first US appearance of the opera troupe. Comment
New York City

New York City Council looks to reaffirm its opposition to Don't Ask, Don't Tell

The Veterans and Civil Rights Committees of the New York City Council held a joint hearing on January 25 on a proposed resolution asking the president and Congress. To repeal the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, that bars service by openly gay and lesbian soldiers. Comment

Ford Faces Liability in HIV Breach

US District Judge Aleta A. Trauger of Tennessee ruled on January 14 that the Ford Motor Credit Company may have violated federal disability law when one of its supervisors revealed the HIV-positive status of one employee to others. Comment

NOLA Benefits Upheld

Louisiana District Court Judge Nadine M. Ramsey granted a motion by the city of New Orleans for summary judgment in a challenge to its domestic partnership registry ordinance and its policy of giving health benefits to domestic partners of city employees. Comment

Blue Sky Blues

Karen Kilimnik's current installation appears to be a collection of elegant paintings reminiscent of the Renaissance, or abstraction. But a closer look raises fascinating, hot-button and timeless issues. Small round and square paintings become portals that seem to punch through the walls of 303 Gallery to peek at the natural world. Comment

In a State of Non-Emergency

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, I have become preoccupied with natural disasters, especially when they cause the loss of one's home. The exhibition "Fire Scene" makes the fears of such losses a reality. Comment

Ballet Facing Forward

Peter Martins, Christopher Wheeldon, George Balanchine, and Jerome Robbins. Need I say more about great choreography? Audiences will lean in one direction or another or may be more or less receptive at this point. The quality of the dancing and music, of course, factor. Comment

London's OutRage! Leader Blocks Pakistani Strongman's Limo

Britain's best-known gay activist, Peter Tatchell, confronted Pakistan's Pervez Musharraf this past weekend when the dictator arrived in London on the last leg of his European tour. Comment

Thompson Presses LGBT Shareholder Drive

In a January 29 press conference at the LGBT Community Center, New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr. announced that the five New York City municipal pension and retirement funds have filed shareholder resolutions with 24 companies, pressing them to adopt written policies barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Comment

What We Can Do For Our Country

In a presidential inaugural address that inspired a teenager from Hope, Arkansas named Bill Clinton, John F. Kennedy famously urged Americans to focus not on what the country could do for them, but on what contributions they could make to the nation. Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell OPINION

Reassessing Bush as America Falls

I was relieved to hear in Bush's State of the Union address that we had Al Qaeda on the run in Iraq, the economy was fine, even if, just a little teensy bit, for the moment, uncertain. And above all that, "from expanding opportunity to protecting our country, we have made good progress." Comment
Nathan Riley

Obama Will Not Go Away

As we get ever closer to the February 5 vote on Super Tuesday it is clear that will be the day that will tell us if the Democrats have a candidate picked by the primary voters or one that might only be chosen at the Democratic Convention. Comment


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